Film und Medien Stiftung NRWNewsPressCongratulations! Oscar nomination for Filmstiftung-backed „Toni Erdmann"

Congratulations! Oscar nomination for Filmstiftung-backed „Toni Erdmann"

  • Exceptional production now competing for the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Feature Film
  • Oscars ceremony on 26 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
  • „Toni Erdmann" chances of winning the International Spirit Award on the eve of the Oscars
  • More than 800,000 admissions in Germany to date

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the Filmstiftung-backed tragicomedy „Toni Erdmann" by Maren Ade has been nominated for the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Feature Film. Last year’s most successful German arthouse production will now be competing with  another four productions for the world’s most sought-after film award. The 89th Oscars ceremony will be held on 26 February, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

„The nomination for the world’s most important film award is the latest highlight in the incredible success story of this extraordinary film which has been shown at almost 50 festivals since its world premiere in Cannes and received a large number of international awards. Our warmest congratulations to Maren Ade, Komplizen Film and the whole team!", says Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. „After ,Mustang‘, ,Toni Erdmann‘ is now the second Filmstiftung-backed film by a woman director within the space of a year to have the chance of winning an Oscar. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed and eagerly looking forward to the ceremony on 26 February!"

„Toni Erdmann" won five European Film Awards and was most recently nominated for the Golden Globes. It is currently in the running for the British BAFTA Awards which are presented on 12 February, and has a chance of picking a prize in the Best International Film category at the International Spirit Awards on the day before the Oscars ceremony.

The other four contenders for the Best Foreign Language Feature Film honours are „Tanna“ (Australia), „Land of Mine“ (Denmark), „The Salesman“ (Iran) and „A Man Called Ove“ (Sveden) The Academy initially selected 85 films for the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category, with nine films then making it to the shortlist in December 2016, and five films are now on the final straight for the Oscar.

More than 800,000 German cinema-goers have now seen the extraordinary father-daughter story with Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller. „Toni Erdmann" is a production by Komplizen Film in co-production with coop99Filmproduktion and Missing Link Films. SWR, WDR und ARTE are participated as broadcasters in the production. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is the main funder (785,000 Euros), additional support came from MBB, FFHSH, FFF, DFFF, FFA, BKM, ÖFI, Filmstandort Austria, Media and Eurimages. NFP marketing & distribution released the film in German cinemas, and Cologne-based The Match Factory has handled the international sales. Large parts of the film were shot in Romania, with the film’s shoot in Germany based in Aachen.